In Iran a woman has been assaulted with acid by a man who was supposedly in love with her, but was rejected. Her face has been disfigured and her eyesight has been significantly reduced to next-to blindness.
After the trial, the judges have concluded that, according to the Sharia, which is their legal system, the woman is allowed to exact her revenge onto the man by dripping acid into the eyes of him as well ( while he is sedated and in a controlled amount and enviroment ) or send him to jail and have him pay a certain amount of money, which he probably can not afford. Even though the judges urged her not to make use of her right to exact revenge she chose the etching. She doesn't feel that any time in jail or any amount of money can ease the suffering she has undergone as a consequence of the assault. This should also serve as an example for any similar cases, she thinks. According to the judges, the sole judgement has already awed a statistically significant amount of possible perpetrators, that there has been a noticeable decline in this crimesector.
The punishment has not yet been carried out, and is set to be on Saturday the 14th of May. Humanitarian organizations have tried to convince her with money, to forbear putting the man through the same road of pain she has been through, though not successfully thus far.
On the left, you can see an image of the disfigured woman, holding a picture of her former face.
Interesting rights system ... Interesting choice of reaction to the rejection, from the man. I don't think he has any right to protest against this judgement. I'm not sure if I were in any of the two positions, assuming that the man gets his eyesight stolen as well, I'd be able to end the circle of hatred or simply devote my life to make the other person miserable ( or render him/her dead ).
Can you say, an eye for an eye...?